U.S. Defence Secretary slams Russia over ‘clear ambition’ to ignore world order

By Robert Burns (Associated Press)

U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter, seen here in a file photo, warns Russia over recent actions. “We don’t seek an enemy in Russia. But make no mistake — we will defend our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords all of us."  (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)
U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter, seen here in a file photo, warns Russia over recent actions. “We don’t seek an enemy in Russia. But make no mistake — we will defend our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords all of us.” (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

OXFORD, ENGLAND—U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter accused Russia on Wednesday of sowing seeds of global instability and questioned whether Moscow genuinely wants a viable ceasefire in Syria.

In a hard-hitting speech at Oxford University, Carter emphasized deep skepticism about Russian intentions in Syria, even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Geneva for more talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Their discussions last weekend, on the sidelines of an economic summit in China, failed to produce a nationwide ceasefire in Syria or a U.S.-Russian military co-operation agreement. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: News Now/AP/The Star

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.